Date lodged: 14 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the discontinuation by Lufthansa of direct flights between Aberdeen and Frankfurt will have on (a) tourism, (b) business and (c) the economy in the north east, and what discussions it has had regarding attracting more direct overseas flights to operate from Aberdeen.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 February 2018
Securing and retaining routes is primarily the responsibility of Aberdeen Airport. The Scottish Government has not carried out any analysis of the impact on Lufthansa’s decision to end its Frankfurt-Aberdeen route. Transport Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland, provide appropriate support and data to airlines considering flying to Scotland. Marketing support is also provided to help new routes become sustainable. Officials had positive route development discussions with Aberdeen Airport on 14 February 2018. Work to secure new routes will continue at the Routes Europe event in April where officials will be supporting Scotland’s airports as well as promoting Scotland in their own discussions with airlines.